ARTICLE SOURCE: MY OPINION
This season, Chelsea's full backs have been a revelation for the team, scoring crucial goals and assisting in the shutting down of opponent assaults. They've been a key element of Chelsea's defense, which has allowed less goals in the Premier League this season.
Despite the intense competition for starting berths in the England line up, it has been argued that they should become the regular full backs at country level as well, based on their fantastic performances thus far this season. However, after examining their style of play and the system in which they thrive, we can see why they would find it difficult to recreate their Chelsea form in England colors.
The form of Ben Chilwell and Reece James this season has been nothing short of spectacular. Reece James is now Chelsea's top scorer in the Premier League, while Ben Chilwell has also scored some vital goals. While England has excellent players at both the right and left back positions, James and Chilwell appear to be the best possibilities for Gareth Southgate based on their recent performances. However, they may suffer in England due to a variety of factors that will be detailed further down.
To begin with, I believe England will not line up in a 3-4-3 system again now that Kalvin Philip and Declan Rice are in midfield. James and Chilwell, on the other hand, have thrived as wing backs rather than proper left backs. As a result, finding themselves in a back four system may cause them to struggle, and they may not be able to replicate their Chelsea form for England.
Secondly, I believe Chilwell and James normally play with players like Rudiger, Azpilicueta, and Thiago Silva at club level, giving them the flexibility to attack whenever they want. They may have to play with John Stones and an out-of-form Harry Maguire at international level, and if they attack with these two center defenders, their position will be exposed. In order to avoid this, they may be obliged to play cautiously.
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